Leib

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German līp, from Old High German līb, from Proto-West Germanic *līb, from Proto-Germanic *lībą (life, body), from *lībaną (to remain, stay, be left), from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-, *lip- (to stick, glue). Cognate with German Low German Liev (body), Dutch lijf (body), English life, Swedish liv (life, waist).

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Noun[edit]

Leib m (genitive Leibes or Leibs, plural Leiber, diminutive Leibchen n)

  1. (dated, literary or religious) body
    Synonym: Körper
    • (Luke 22:19)
      Das ist mein Leib, der für euch hingegeben wird.
      This is my body, which is given for you.
  2. (dated, literary or religious) womb
    Synonym: Mutterleib
    • (Line from the Hail Mary)
      Gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus.
      Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
  3. (dated, literary) belly; abdomen; stomach
    Synonym: Bauch
  4. (dated, literary) trunk; torso; especially without limbs
    Synonyms: Oberkörper, Torso

Usage notes[edit]

  • Still commonly found in derivatives and in fixed expressions, such as nichts am Leib haben (to be naked, literally to have nothing on one's body) and Leib und Leben (life and limb, literally body and life).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Leib” in Duden online

Hunsrik[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German lip, from Old High German lib.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Leib m (plural Leiver)

  1. belly

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